Saturday, October 4, 2003

Board says Ohio can keep tax Tyson paid

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is not entitled to a refund of $5.8 million in state income taxes he paid in 1995-96 when he owned a home near Cleveland, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals ruled Friday.

Tyson bought the 62-acre estate in Southington in 1991. In 1992, he was imprisoned in Indiana on a rape conviction and was paroled in 1995. His probation was transferred to the authority of Ohio and stated that he was a resident of the state.

He paid $2 million in state income taxes to Ohio in 1995 and $3.8 million in 1996, his tax returns said. He claimed he moved to Nevada after his parole and mistakenly paid the Ohio taxes. The Ohio Department of Taxation argued that even though a person can have more than one residence, the person must have a primary home and in Tyson's case it was Ohio.

Tyson's lawyer in the case, Elliott H. Kajan, said Tyson had not decided whether to appeal.

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